First phase of an ambitious regeneration project
FaulknerBrowns Architects for South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
Contract value: £11m
With its striking Corten-clad form facing out over an emerging public realm, this new library and community sports facility marks the first phase of an ambitious regeneration project led by South Tyneside Council.
Housing a pool, library, gym, sports hall, dance studios and meeting rooms, the project was procured under the SCAPE framework and delivered to a stringent budget and very tight timescale, reflecting the skill and experience of the design team.
Most delightful is the timber library sitting in the open steel structure and housing a variety of spaces for users; from small play areas for children to small scale study spaces and gathering spaces for larger groups.
Detailing is controlled and well-executed throughout, resulting in a calm and peaceful interior, able to cope with the challenging brief of mixed-use community- facilities all under one roof.